Clinical excellence is one of THERAPY 2000’s core values. As a benefit of joining T2000, you get access to frequent, complimentary CEUs. On June 28th at 10 am Therapy 2000 will be hosting a new continuing education course available to all employees over implementing the new IDDSI standard for the treatment of dysphagia.

Dysphagia is a condition which involves difficulty or inability to swallow. Many think swallowing as simple since it is such a commonplace bodily function, when in reality swallowing is a very complex process.  It takes your brain, several nerves and muscles, two muscular valves, and an open, unconstricted esophagus, or swallowing tube just to swallow. Dysphagia can result from several conditions including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, disturbances in the brain, tumors, and strokes. IDDSI can be used by dysphagia therapists and dieticians to more accurately create meal plans and therapeutic practices to treat dysphagia and establish healthy feeding and consumption practices.

About the IDDSI standard

In response to the need for proper treatment terminology for dysphagia, a global standard known as the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) was created. IDDSI is composed of terminology and definitions to describe texture modified foods and thickened liquids used for individuals with dysphagia of all ages, in all care settings, and for all cultures.

This course covers

  • The purpose of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative,
  • Descriptors, testing methods, and evidence from research, and
  • How to use the standardized testing methods to identify and produce liquids and foods from Levels 0-7.

Be prepared to mix, play with, and identify all 8 different levels in the framework, so that you’ll have a thorough understanding of the IDDSI framework and be able to use it in any workplace environment. Using PowerPoint presentation, lecture, discussion, and practice with the BD 10ml syringe, we’ll feel confident using this new system.

About the speaker

This seminar will be presented by Jennifer Meyer, a Feeding Specialist, Developmental Therapist and popular international speaker in the areas of Pediatric Dysphagia and Neonatal Therapy. She has almost 30 years’ experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing inpatient dysphagia, neonatal and outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, Early Childhood Intervention programs, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and the developer and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE). She has served as a paid consultant to several Home Health companies in the Dallas-Ft., Worth area, including mentoring more than 150 therapists and assisting in the development of a home-based High-Risk Infant program. Through her private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, she continues to provide consultation and program development for dysphagia services in a wide variety of settings.

Event Terms and Conditions

This event is open to OT/ST, however, is a closed event for Therapy 2000 employees only.

Full attendance and completion of the Course Participant Evaluation is required for course credit. Self-Assessment of Skill or Knowledge-base improvement is part of Participant Course Evaluation. No partial credit will be awarded. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate of Completion after submitting the participant evaluation form. This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, professional area) and pending TOTA CEUs.

For employees wanting to learn more, or to register, go to t2000.com/events/iddsi-what-you-need-to-know/.

If you are interested in joining our team to take advantage of these great benefits, visit our careers page  at t2000.com/careers.